Wale “Sue Me” Video: Powerful

Wale is one of the most slept on, underrated artists. Yes, he can be deemed as emotional at times but what it really is, is passion. He’s passionate about his craft and creative AF so when he’s slept on, of course, he takes it personally, especially since he’s been about for over 10 years and has radio hits and features.

Wale released the video for “Sue Me” yesterday and it was powerful. If you’ve been out of the loop, he got the line “Rooting For Everybody Black” from Issa Rae. She said the infamous line in 2017 on the Emmy’s red carpet. She spoke out about it stating she didn’t want to be there anyway and it showed on her face. When asked who she was looking forward to winning, she said….what she said.

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Okay, so back to Wale. The video depicts the life of what some black men do everyday and go through–living in an urban neighborhood, listening to their music through headphones, speaking to folks in the neighborhood, minding his business, etc. Even going into a Starbucks and being wrongfully profiled and arrested. Sounds familiar right. –>Check out the real story HERE

Crazy right! Well, the irony of all this is—Wale depicted the day in a life of a black man BUT the main character is a white man. The roles were reversed from the beginning of the video, starting with a picture of a black family on a box of tooth paste; the “white oats” being Melanin Oats; depiction of BLACK JESUS instead of the typical white Jesus depiction; a billboard for “White People Meet dot com”; newspaper headlines, “Are We Ready For A White President” and “The Horror That Happened In Central Park” that shows 5 white men. It even shows the race reversal of being in Starbucks and seeing two innocent men arrested for no reason and Wale added the real video clip of the incident that happened in April of 2018.

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Wale showed a scene with the boy visiting his father in prison and explaining to him a new law that is being passed for people with nonviolent drug offenses to be appealed. The father said, “there’s no hope for people that look like us.” That correlates to the present day, especially with Covid-19. Wale clipped in a video of a man in prison who recorded the conditions they are living in. The inmate is explaining the Care Act that is for people who aren’t gang members, sexual offenders and/or not on death row. With the inmates being at risk of catching Coronavirus, the prison can send you home on home confinement [house arrest]. The man went on to say that the prison won’t let them leave because the prisons make money off the number of inmates they have. SAD.

Leave it up to Wale to enlighten us all; Black, White, Asian, about what is going on in the world. Not only does he speak on his feelings and normal life shit but he speaks on relevant life issues. He needs the recognition that he DESERVES. Check out the dope video below and SUPPORT WALE!

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“The Photograph”: Generational Behavior

Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield starred in the romantic comedy The Photograph and it was a beautiful love story, but with a deeper meaning.

Mae, played by Issa Rae, lost her mother at the start of the movie. She didn’t know much about her mom’s life until she left her a letter explaining things. Mae’s mother Christina was invested in her work and less into love and emotion. She didn’t show much emotion around Mae and in her defense….it was because her mother didn’t show her much love.

When Christina, played by Chante Adams, was dating Mae’s father Issac, played by Y’lan Noel, her mother discouraged her from dating him because he was content where he was in life and wasn’t making much money. Her mother gave her the impression that she needed to be with someone who could take care of her…so she could move out the house. Christina’s mother told her she was getting too old to be living with her. That is what pushed her to move out the house, better yet the state and pursue her photography career in New York. Christina’s mother lacked emotion with her and felt that being taken care was more important than love.

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Once Christina had Mae, of course she’s going to teach her daughter what was mimicked to her, which is how to NOT properly love someone and somewhat be scared of commitment. Since Mae wasn’t shown much love as a kid, the feeling of commitment scared her. Mae said she broke up with a guy because he proposed to her. She is/was more content with living in the moment and not being married. She had a change of heart eventually once she got to know Michael, played by LaKeith Stanfield. He and Mae connected when was doing a story on a man who worked in the oil industry during the oil spill and he came across pictures shot by Mae’s mother and even a picture of her. The guy used to date Mae’s mother Christina. Michael was intrigued by Christina’s photos that he decided to find more of her images, and when he did, that’s how he met Mae.

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When Christina passed away, she left Mae a long letter and another to give to her father. Mae learned so much about her mother in a letter, than she learned about her her whole life. In the letter, she found out who her real father was and their love story. The man whom she thought was her father, wasn’t and the man who is her father was the man whom Michael did a story on, Isaac– hence, the reason why he had a picture of Christina in his home. Unfortunately, Isaac didn’t know that Mae was his daughter but they started to form a relationship towards the end of the movie. Christina had left her hometown in Louisiana to pursue a career in photography in New York. She left without telling Isaac and months later when she returned for her mother’s funeral, Issac had married someone else (HOW QUICK IS THAT!)

Where the generational behavior comes into play is the fact that Christina’s mother didn’t really seem affectionate with Mae and showed her tough love. Don’t get me wrong, tough love is fine but when it’s more tough love than affectionate love, that can have a long term affect on you and how you raise your children. Christina lacked some form of emotion when it came to her relationship with Mae, due to the way her mother was with her. Mae recalled a time when she was going away to school and her mom was too busy to take her to the airport. Mae’s step father told her that when he came home from dropping her off at the airport, Mae was crying in a corner because she was sad to see Mae go but she had a hard time showing emotion and was not good at goodbyes. Her mother was also a workaholic and expressed in her letter to Mae, “I wish I was as good at love than I am about working;” meaning, her mother was more into her work than she was with being present and transparent in her relationships with people such as Mae and even Isaac.

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Luckily Mae learned from her mother’s mishaps in relationships and decided to break the generational disconnect of loving someone and showing it with Michael. This movie is a prime example of “be who you want your children to be.” Tell them to learn from you mistakes and show them how. Leaving your child lost and left with question is not the way to go. Don’t hold back, show them love, be transparent with them.

What are your thoughts on the movie?

Comment below and let me know.

Women’s Month: Issa Rae Appreciation

How could you NOT love Issa. She’s the same person, (it seems) around her friends, in interviews and on her show. Like she’s well-rounded AF! More recently, landed the cover of Women’s Health Magazine

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And Essence SOLO! The first appearance was with Ava Duvernay, Debbie Allen and other notable women.

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She’s also dope because she wrote a book being her transparent self.

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Her show Insecure being picked up by HBO, revealing millennial women issues such as being independent, having a dating life, dealing with a break up, as well as different types of guys. Her show also portrays a woman (herself) cheating on her boyfriend because he just wasn’t doing enough. (It happens)

She is so authentic that you got to love her, especially since she’s “rooting for everybody black.”

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Issa has a new movie called “Little” featuring Marsai Martin and Regina Hall, that comes out next month.

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She is also starring in a Will Packer film with Lakeith Stanfield called “The Photograph” that is bound to come out later this year.

All in all, Issa Rae is the shit and we should appreciate her more!

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Danii Gold out! ✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾

 

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2018 Emmys Fashion

The Emmys came on last night and even though they were slightly boring…the fashion was a must-see.

Tiffany Haddish was my favorite look of the night. Rocking a colorful sleeveless dress, that she said was dedicated to her family. 

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Speaking of color, Regina Hall rocked a lime green strapless dress. Somehow, she made this look so elegant!

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Someone else who rocked a some color, but it was subtle, was Issa Rae. She rocked a powder blue jumpsuit with a cape on it. Yasss Issa Yasss!

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Heidi Klum rocked an elegant satin pink strapless fitted gown. It was soooooo pretty y’all!

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Auntie Jenifer Lewis wore ALL Nike, in support of them (Nike) supporting Colin Kaepernick, who spoke up about police brutality. GO Auntie Jen for making a statement. 

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Y’all probably remember Rocsi Diaz from 106 & Park and Entertainment Tonight. Well she wore sleeveless off white and gold dress with a bow on the front. Cuteee! (I’m not sure what she is doing now)

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 Yvonne Orji is rocking a black gown that see-through at the top and it drapes on the ground. Her hair screams el’naturale! Gon head Yvonne!

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Who was your favorite look?

Danii Gold out!!

 

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Black Women That Rock 2017

 

So I caught the Black Girls Rock special last night and I was so proud! Seeing women that look like me achieve a rare accomplishment, especially from where we started. Their motto is “Celebrating beauty, brilliant and resilience of black women around the world.”

My celeb bae, SZA, started the show out singing Normal Girl, which is one of my favorite songs on the CTRL album.

 

Then one of my favorite actor/actress Taraji P Henson was the host and started off with a few jokes about hair and how she embraces it and is brave about what she does with. She recently just chopped it off and it looks LOVELY on her!

 

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The first award of the night was presented to Yara Shahidi, for the “Young, Black and Gifted.” She is one of the main characters on the show Black-ish, and she recently got a spin-off show called Grown-ish that explores her college life. Coincidentally, she is starting college at Harvard in the Fall of 2018. GO YARA!!!!

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A woman, whom I wasn’t familiar with, name Suzanne Shanks was presented with the Shot Caller award for her work on Wall Street, financing infrastructure projects.  She is the CEO of Siebert Branford Shanks & Co, LLC AND CEO of Siebert Financial Corporation. She is the first black woman to lead a publicly traded financial institution. KUDOS to Ms. Suzanne!!!!

 

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The creator and star of one of my favorite shows Insecure, Issa Rae was presented with the Star Power awards, for her excellent work on Insecure and making it one of the main topics on a Sunday night.

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Lastly, AUNTIE Maxine Waters took the cake with her speech and overall using her platform to be speak up about this “President” of ours.

Here are a few quotes she said last night:

“I am you and you are me. We have power & influence”

“Not only will we resist you but we will impeach you, Mr. President.”

“I don’t care how big you think you are. I care how high you think you are…if you come for me, I’m coming for you!”

YES MA’AM AUNTIE MAXINE!! She says she is reclaiming her time hunny and I aint mad at her!!

ALL of these Black Women Rock!!! Watching these awards gave me a slight boost of confidence and made me realize.. don’t be afraid to be different, being awkward is okay, think for yourself and lastly SPEAK UP!!